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Block grant funds distributed

Andy Ouriel • May 13, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Two local governments and a homeless shelter will split $92,000 in federal funds for some major upgrades.

Erie County commissioners recently approved distributing Community Development Block Grant money to improve services and infrastructure used by many community members.

Block grant funds are intended to boost quality of life for individuals in low- to moderate-income households.

Among the projects receiving funding:

•$47,250 to the Volunteers of America/Crossroads homeless shelter for operating costs to make its facilities more handicap accessible.

•$24,750 to Berlin Heights officials to improve Berlin Road from West Main Street to Hill Road. n $20,000 to Milan Township officials to make their facilities more handicap accessible.

Erie County is also receiving an additional $23,000 for administrative cost, giving the government a total of $115,000 in block grant funds.

Since 1992, Erie County has received $4.65 million in block grant money, fixing roads and bolstering services many area members want and need.

“This money is important because it does really good stuff for the community and helps out low- and moderate-income individuals,” said Tim King, Erie Regional Planning’s senior planner.

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